The first single from the collection, the nostalgic "Back," featuring Jake Owen, was written by Colt with Shannon Houchins and Noah Gordon, and has already sold more than 30,000 digital downloads in just three weeks since its release. The video for the tune was filmed on location in Athens, Ga., at spots near and dear to Colt's life, including his mom's house, the neighborhood roller rink and his old baseball field. Several of his family members make cameos in the clip, as well. "This song is so close to my heart," says Colt. "It's my life, and I wanted to keep it real by having my whole family in the video. I am proud of the song and the visual we created." (Watch the video below.)
An indie artist who has definitely carved out his career his own way and blazed his own trail, Colt explains why he felt the CD title for his latest project, Declaration of Independence fit perfectly. "That's an appropriate title for the way I do business," Colt tells The Boot. "To maintain my independence as a musician, I've done everything my way on my own label. I think a lot of people in the business sometimes wish they'd done things this way."
Though Colt wrote one of Jason Aldean's biggest hits, "Dirt Road Anthem," neither one of them had a hand in writing the song they perform together on his new album, "Drivin' Around." The song, (which Colt terms a "gigantic tune") was actually written by Craig Wiseman, Rodney Clawson and Chris Tompkins. Colt did write the other 14 tracks on the new CD however, including his collaboration with Darius Rucker, "Way Too Early," his duet with Montgomery Gentry, "Ain't Out of the Woods," and "All In," his teamup with Kix Brooks. And while some may raise their eyebrows a bit at his choice of duet partner in Wanya Morris of Boyz II Men on "Happy in Hell," Colt sees it as a perfectly normal extension of his creative energy and what he is trying to do with his wide-open, genre-mashing style. "Great songs are great songs," he says. "I don't care who sings them. I just like making the coolest songs I can make. At the end of the day I'm a country artist 100 percent, through and through, but that don't mean you can't like other music."
Along with preparing for the release of his latest CD, the Georgia native has been busy burning up the road this summer on his Declaration of Independence Tour with fellow artists the Lacs, JB and the Moonshine Band, and Lenny Cooper. He's also starring in an episode of TruTV's "Lizard Lick Towing" show, and working on his Goodtime Vodka and Moonshine brands.